Photoshoots to concerts to food drives—it’s all about spending time just steps from the front door…
We’ve all seen #TheFrontStepsProject. This Insta-worthy trend—grabbing the family for impromptu pics for charity—was born in the Boston suburbs and, now, is sweeping the country. One part fundraiser, one part opportunity to document this moment in time, countless families have posted their pics (shot by a socially-distanced local photographer, of course).
But that’s just the beginning of the quarantine-inspired porch trend. Here are some of our new favorite ways to mix and mingle with friends, family and neighbors…without leaving our suburban porches.
#1. Porch Concerts in the Bay Area and DC Suburbs
In Alameda, musicians are rocking out on dozens of porches every week. The Alameda Porch Concerts—which, initially, was online-only—is now LIVE and happening Fridays from 6pm-8pm.
During that window, dozens of local musicians play from their porches, entertaining passers-by and fans who travel on foot and, even, by car to experience it all. Participating musicians can add their location to the group Facebook page—and fans can see where concerts are happening in their immediate neighborhood and beyond.
The same goes for the DC suburbs—Takoma Park, Maryland favorites The Milo Trio have performed multiple porch concerts since the shutdowns started, and they’re planning to continue. Since starting their live performances, many other local musicians have jumped in, accompanying the trio and adding their own “shows” to the mix.
#2. Driveway Happy Hours in Mt. Prospect, Illinois
Mt. Prospect, a family-friendly Chicago suburb, has inspired a mass happy hour trend. While the trend started on one super-social block in the community, now more than 300 households have gotten in on the now-weekly get-togethers.
#3. Celebrating Seniors in Sea Cliff, New York
Inspired by the nightly salutes to healthcare workers in New York City and the Bay Area, Sea Cliff, New York has been getting in on the action. Not only have they nodded to doctors and nurses at their community hospital in neighboring Glen Cove, but they’ve been saluting the students who make this district so special.
On May 1st—the original college commitment day for graduating seniors—the town hit their porches for a 20-minute celebration of graduating seniors from North Shore High School. Starting at 8:20pm, Glenwood Landing and Sea Cliff fire departments blared their sirens and whistles, acknowledging hundreds of seniors whose high school seasons were cut short and canceled. Residents hit their porches and driveways, banging pots and pans, cheering and flickering porch lights for the entire 20-minute celebration.
#4. Porch Food Drive in Suburban New Jersey
Seeing the increase in joblessness in the extended community—and the added needs of local food banks—several Randolph, New Jersey families joined forces, creating food drop-offs on their own porches.
Participating porches are listed on Facebook and TAPinto, so local families can drop-off anytime, Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. All non-perishables, personal care products and small household items and gift cards are welcome. Donations benefit the Randolph Food Bank.
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